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Myanmar's military will struggle to hold on to power

Being forced to revisit the past does not mean Myanmar will stay there

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Aung San Suu Kyi walks to take an oath at the lower house of parliament in May 2012: a civil-military lesson is that civilian accommodation of the military is ultimately futile.

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is a professor and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University's faculty of political science in Bangkok.

When Myanmar's armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw, seized power on Feb. 1, observers of the country everywhere were caught off guard.

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